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Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to visit Uganda next week
This is not the first time President Omar Al-Bashir will be visiting Uganda. Last year, in defiance of an international criminal court arrest warrant, he attended President Yoweri Museveni's swearing ceremony at Kololo Airstrip on may 16th.
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir

President Omar Al-Bashir will be in Uganda on a state visit, starting on Tuesday the 14th of November to the 16th of November 2017.

The visit by Omar el Bashir comes 5 months before the 6th session of joint Uganda- Sudan Ministerial commission slated for March 2018 in Kampala Uganda. 

President Museveni and President Bashir have continuously discussed the Economic Development and Peace Development and bilateral relations between their two countries, and ahead of this visit.

A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan visited his Ugandan counterpart Amb. Patrick Mugoya on the 5th of october and held various meetings, during which the two sides agreed on steps to implement the decisions taken by the 5th session of the Joint Ministerial Commission which was held in Khartoum.  Among the issues they discussed were opportunities for trade and investment, immigration, air transport, regional issues and security matters.

The meetings between the two presidents will, therefore, help the two sides iron out the pending issues.

This is not the first time President Omar Al-Bashir will be visiting Uganda.

Last year, in defiance of an international criminal court arrest warrant, he was here during President Yoweri Museveni's swearing Ceremony on may 16th.

 

And as a sign of the improved relations between the two countries who were on opposite sides of the South Sudan liberation war, and were once geopolitical foes, President Al-Bashir will be accompanied by Ministers, Senior Officials and a business delegation.

These will be seeking opportunities to carry out trade, investments and business partnerships. And during Bashir's visit, a Uganda- Sudan business forum will be held.

According to statistics, Sudan imports 20% of Uganda's coffee and is the single biggest export market for Ugandan coffee, earning the country over 100 million dollars in revenue.

Making a relationship with Sudan key to Uganda's economic growth.

However, there will be calls from the International criminal court, for Uganda a signatory of the Rome statutes that established the court, to arrest President Omar El Bashir who was indicted on multiple counts of genocide during the Darfur war.

Uganda has always ignored calls to arrest Bashir.

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